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Brain Scans Show Where Happiness Begins, And How

Update Date: Nov 23, 2015 01:53 PM EST
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Happiness is the most coveted but elusive quality of life. It mostly starts in the brain, say researchers at Kyoto University.

It is the medial parietal lobe, also called the precuneus that gets active when you are conscious and we go through happiness as well as life satisfaction, according to scienceworldreport.

Scientists examined the brains of participants to check out neurological happiness. By taking the MRIs of their brains and then taking their survey on how they are, and how deeply are their feelings and their satisfaction levels, scientists found that those who got higher scores in the happiness scale also exhibited more grey matter mass in the precuneus.

"Over history, many eminent scholars like Aristotle have contemplated what happiness is," lead study author Wataru Sato, said in a news release. "I'm very happy that we now know more about what it means to be happy."

This finding does seem to be of some help to people too.

"Several studies have shown that meditation increases grey matter mass in the precuneus. This new insight on where happiness happens in the brain will be useful for developing happiness programs based on scientific research," he said.

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